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March 31st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE are helping protect those most vulnerable to telephone scams by issuing 100 call blockers. The True Call devices work by automatically ensuring that only trusted callers already known to the user can get through.

Unrecognised callers are asked for their identity before they are put through to the recipient, meaning that unknown or ‘cold’ callers can be refused. With the owner’s permission, data from the devices can also be used to assist with investigations of fraud.

Recipients of the devices will be selected based on their level of vulnerability as part of the Force’s Operation Signature initiative, aimed at preventing scams and fraud and supporting vulnerable victims. Devices are also available to purchase for residents wishing to block unwanted callers.

PC Bernadette Lawrie from Operation Signature said: “We are delighted that we will be able to help some of our most vulnerable residents by installing these devices. Every day I see examples of just how damaging telephone fraud can be, both emotionally and financially, and this is one of a number of measures that can help prevent this type of crime.”

Since Operation Signature was launched in 2014, it has been found that scam fraudsters persistently target victims identified as vulnerable. Telephone fraud is the most prolific method and across Sussex, between August and October 2015, telephone scam fraud represented 56.7% of all reports under Operation Signature.

The Force is working closely with partner agencies Trading Standards, Adult Social Care, Neighbourhood Watch and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s Elders Commission to ensure the most vulnerable victims are identified and protected.

For more information about call blockers visit www.truecall.co.uk or call 0800 0336 339.

 

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March 30th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

A CRAWLEY police crack down on drug-related crime has seen 19 arrests made in the past two weeks. Operation Enforcer was launched on Monday, 14 March for a fortnight, during which time there were a number of extra patrols as well as warrants executed.

The arrests were all made for a variety of offences including drug possession and money laundering. Class A and B drugs with a street value of around £20,000 were seized, as well as an estimated cash haul of £90,000.

Sergeant Anthony Cheeseman, who led the operation, said: “This sends a clear message that drug usage and dealing will not be tolerated in Crawley. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this operation and know a large part of its success comes down to our team’s positive engagements with the local community, especially with Crawley Borough Council.

“I want to assure residents that we will continue to actively target individuals and groups who choose to negatively impact our streets.”

If you have any concerns about drug-related activity email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 ( www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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March 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX police are urging residents to Protect Your Privates in an effort to raise awareness of cyber crime and International best-selling author Peter James, who is fronting the eye-catching campaign, says he’s delighted to help.

“It is an incredibly difficult area to police, but I am proud to be able to support Sussex Police’s latest cyber crime campaign. By grabbing people’s attention we can raise awareness and encourage both individuals and companies to protect their privates.”

A recent survey of people living in the South East found that 84% of those asked had experienced an ‘attempted’ cyber crime in the last year, while 15% had been victims.

Detective Inspector Andy Haslam from the Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The aim of this campaign is not to scaremonger but to make everyone aware of the potential dangers we face when we go online.

“There are some very simple things we can all do to ensure we surf the web safely.”

These include:

Getting anti-virus software
Creating varied passwords and changing them regularly
Updating your software when prompted.

Cyber crime can leave victims feeling embarrassed or ashamed that they have been tricked or lost money.

Last year a 79-year-old woman from Mid Sussex, who wishes to remain anonymous, was called at home by someone claiming he could get her money back on a recent online purchase: “He sounded very convincing and asked for details that gave him remote access to my laptop. He also wanted some credit card information so that the money could be paid back into my account.”

Fortunately the victim’s cards were cancelled before money could be taken, but it was still a ‘horrible’ experience, she said.

“I did get very upset. I suffer with asthma and found it difficult to catch my breath when trying to explain what had happened to the officer.

“I blamed myself because I was gullible. It was a horrible experience but I won’t be taken in by a scam like this again.”

People of all ages are susceptible to cyber crime but the Sussex and Community Crime Prevention Report highlighted 40 -79 year-olds are most at risk.

The most commonly reported issues in Sussex are:

The Con – a victim is called by someone pretending to be from a reputable company and then convinced to allow the fraudster remote access to their computer.
Ransomware attacks – pop up windows that look like they are from reputable companies ask for bank details or attempt to blackmail victims into handing over money.
Phishing – emails or pop up windows may entice you to click a link to find out more about a prize or discount which actually allows malicious software to be downloaded on to your computer.

You can find out more about common cyber scams and how best to ‘Protect Your Privates’ by clicking this link: http://www.protectyourprivates.co.uk/

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March 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Police answered some 600 weather-related incidents between midnight and 9.30am yesterday, the vast majority relating to trees down on properties or in roads.

Photo: tree across Baldwins Hill by David Way

 

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March 24th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Police is opening recruitment for a brand new Police and Community Support Officer (PCSO) role – one that better reflects the changing nature of crime and the needs of communities.

Equipped with additional new skills and powers, they will be deployed more flexibly across the whole of Sussex to where they are needed most, tackling the issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “This is an exciting new role – challenging and fulfilling – with PCSOs going where they are most needed to help the vulnerable and tackle local problems. “With their new powers and skills they’ll be better equipped to resolve problems and target crime and disorder, working with partners, as part of the prevention team.

“And should the public need to talk through local issues, not only they, but the wider team, will be at their disposal.

“The views of existing PCSOs, along with those of their supervisors, and our local partners has helped in designing the new role, which forms part of the transformation of local policing.

“PCSOs will have a vital role within teams that support local neighbourhoods, actively prioritising vulnerable people or groups and addressing community concerns.”

The new role ensures that PCSOs will:

be deployed in teams flexibly, where they are most needed, to help solve local problems with communities;

have an increased focus on actually preventing crime, rather than on visible reassurance alone;

be better equipped to resolve problems, with communities or alongside partners, as well as prevent crime and disorder;

have new powers to enter licensed premises and enforce the law, for example to prevent the selling of alcohol to those under age and to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by street drinkers and people who are drunk;

be equipped with new technology, such as with body worn video cameras, and to have enhanced staff safety training to support their more pro-active role;

provide a modern ‘smarter’ approach to the specific needs of communities and neighbourhoods and not a ‘one-size fits all’ approach.

Mr York said: “The community can be assured that police will be there when needed and we will very much retain a presence in their areas. Our prevention, response and investigation teams will all be active within neighbourhoods and contact will be easier with a team accessible to talk through local issues, rather than an individually named PCSO. In addition we have adapted to how people prefer to contact us and will be expanding opportunities for them to report crime and find out information online.”

Current PCSOs have been given the opportunity to apply for the new role on a priority basis. The new role requires different skills and training as well as contractual changes leading to the old PCSO role being phased out.

For more information on the role and how to apply please visit the Sussex Police website. Details about the new role will be available from 4 April.

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March 23rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE were called to a three-vehicle collision on the A2220 Copthorne Road, Crawley, at 12.38pm on Monday (21 March).

A Peugeot, a Toyota and a DAF lorry were in collision close to the entrance to Wyevale Garden Centre.

The driver of the Peugeot, and the driver and two passengers in the Toyota, sustained minor injuries.

 Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 635 of 21/03.

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March 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE are concerned about the welfare of missing 53-year-old Mark Lazarus from Crawley. Mark was last seen leaving his address in Barnfield Road on Friday (18 March) at around 9.15am.

He is described as white, 5′ 8″ and of medium build with short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue trousers with a red t-shirt, black puffer jacket and beige boots.

PC Michael Harvey said: “We are concerned about Mark because he suffers with mental health issues. Please contact us if you have any information which can help us find him and make sure he is ok.”

If you see Mark or have any information about his whereabouts please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call 101 quoting serial 1059 of 18/03.

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March 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WEST Sussex County Councillors backed Child Sexual Exploitation Day by posing with pledges to support the campaign against it. Sussex Police have been working throughout 2016 to raise awareness of the issue among parents, teachers and other professionals, to alert the public to the signs and to let them know what to do it if they suspect a child is a victim.

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March 19th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ab19b27e-b89e-45a3-b0e6-9914270d6fc2NEXT month will mark one year since Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, (PCC) took responsibility for commissioning victims support services across Sussex.

Since April 2015 Mrs Bourne has provided over £1 million of funding to specialist service providers and partners to create the best support for victims, survivors and witnesses of crime in Sussex. This includes developing effective referral and partnership working between the police, the public, and the voluntary and community sector.

Local commissioning means  that for the first time, services can be created that reflect local needs and respond to the concerns of Sussex residents.

This year also saw the creation of The Portal – a new service, bringing together domestic and sexual violence support services for the first time across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

In May 2015 Mrs Bourne set up her Victims’ Services Fund (VSF) to provide financial support to voluntary and third-sector organisations in Sussex that help individuals to cope and recover from the impact of crime.

Commenting on a recent £40,000 grant from the VSF, Martyn Sullivan, CEO Mankind said: “Receiving supportive funding from the PCC will make a huge difference to our work at a local level. It will enable us to develop a range of community led initiatives and deliver interventions to male victims that support a complex journey to recovery and justice.  We believe sexual abuse is a community issue and we all have a part to play in its prevention, detection and assisting of those affected to gain help. This fund strengthens that belief and demonstrates the PCC commitment to our cause.”

The PCC’s commitment to improving services to victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex has also involved close collaboration with Sussex Police’s Public Protection Unit. This has included investment funding for officer training to help them recognise victims of female genital mutilation; funding for more than 1,000 body worn video cameras which are crucial in domestic abuse prosecutions and funding for the post of a child sexual abuse analyst to work directly with partners to build a ‘rich picture’ of intelligence from the police, education, health, and social care, to help safeguard vulnerable children in Sussex.

To find out more visit Safe Space Sussex  – an online directory launched by the PCC in November as a way of improving direct access to help and support for victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex.

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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE election for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) takes place on Thursday 5 May, and Mid Sussex residents are urged to go to the polls.

Since November 2012, the Police and Crime Commissioners have been responsible for overseeing the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local police budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Local electors are eligible to stand as candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner election, provided they have not been convicted of an imprisonable offence and are not employed in certain jobs, including being a police officer.

Nominations to stand as a candidate in the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner election must be submitted by 4pm on 7 April.

Candidates will be required to have the backing of 100 local electors and provide a £5,000 deposit. If you are thinking of standing, please contact the Returning Officer for the Sussex Police area at paro@wealden.gov.uk for further nomination details.

“Your local authority manages the local register of electors, which is known as the Electoral Roll,” said Charles Lant, Returning Officer for this year’s Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

“They send out polling cards to registered electors before upcoming elections so you know which polling station to attend. You can still vote if you do not have a polling card, but you must be on the local Electoral Register.”

The deadline to register to vote in the PCC election is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

* More information about the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections can be found the on the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election pages of the Wealden website.

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March 15th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an ATM machine was stolen from a shop in Shire Parade, Crawley at around 2am on Saturday (12 March) before suspects escaped via Turners Hill.

Two men in dark clothing forced their way in to Mulberry’s convenience store and loaded the cash machine into a white Peugeot van.

The van was driven away but spotted shortly afterwards by officers at Turners Hill Crossroads. The vehicle refused to stop and was later found abandoned in Gunning Close, Bewbush.

Both the vehicle and the cash machine have been seized by police for further investigation.

Detective Sergeant Karrie Bohanna said: “I am pleased that we have managed to recover the ATM and would now like to speak with anyone who saw what happened in Shire Parade on Saturday morning.

“Witnesses can email 101@sussex.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 142 of 12/03.”

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ASSISTANT Chief Constable Robin Smith, who has many years’ service in Sussex Police, will act as the county’s temporary Deputy Chief Constable following the appointment of Olivia Pinkney as Chief Constable of Hampshire Police.

Chief Superintendent Laurence Taylor will join the chief officer team as temporary assistant chief constable with responsibility for Local Policing and Public Protection from 24 March.

Photo top: Robin Smith (left) and Laurence Taylor

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March 11th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Police are searching for a motorcyclist believed to have gone to ground after a police chase with cars and helicopters across the county yesterday afternoon.

The suspect was witnessed travelling at high speeds in numerous locations, including through built-up parts of Worthing and Brighton, for more than two hours.

He was initially spotted, by police, riding in excess of 100mph on the A24 southbound between Broadbridge Heath and Findon at about 2.37pm, and an NPAS police helicopter was deployed to monitor his route.

After circling the area, he crashed in Offington Drive, Worthing, at the junction of the A27 at about 3.40pm.

He then continued without his helmet in the direction of Durrington, before he returned to the A27 and travelled towards Shoreham.

A second helicopter was then sent to replace the previous one when in the Hove area.

The suspect was traced riding along Dyke Road Avenue, into Brighton city centre and down to Brighton Pier, before heading west to Portslade.

He then travelled along Western Road through Hove, and circled Brighton again before he crashed for a second time at the barriers to the Churchill Square car park at about 4.54pm.

From here, he is believed to have entered the shopping centre on foot, where he discarded a leather jacket, and exited out into the town centre.

Inspector Dave Frey said: “The suspect was riding with total disregard of his own safety and that of others – at excessive speeds, through red lights, manoeuvring around bollards on to the wrong side of the road, and on to pavements in town centres. He pretty much contravened every road traffic law and I’m thankful that no one was injured.

“The helicopter was the best option to monitor his progress without causing any further danger. We also had traffic officers and the police dog unit assigned.”

Police, including neighbourhood officers, searched the shopping centre and the town centre, and are reviewing CCTV with security staff.

The motorcycle, helmet and leather jacket have been recovered, and these will be forensically examined. Meanwhile Sussex Police have appealed to anyone who recognises the man from press photographs, or knows of his whereabouts, to contact them urgently.

The man, in his early 30s, has a distinguishing mole on his right lower lip and may recently have had a haircut to remove distinctive wavy hair.

He is thought to have been in the Western Road area near the Waitrose store at around 6.45pm yesterday prior to being picked up in an as yet unidentified vehicle.

Hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and other relevant places in the city are being visited as part of the investigation, and officers are also following up further lines of enquiry in Hampshire.

Roads policing officer Sergeant Alan Spicer said: “We were unable to apprehend the man yesterday as it was too dangerous for patrols to pursue him at the speeds he was reaching without further risk to others.

“But he is now believed to be hiding up and we would welcome any information from people recognising him or with knowledge of his current whereabouts.”

Anyone able to help should ring 999 if they make an immediate sighting, or else email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101 if they have other relevant information.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

Inspector Frey said: “Following an hour-long search of the city centre, assigned officers were stood down, and an investigation is now underway to find and identify the suspect so we can put him before the courts.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 814 of 10/03.

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March 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE officers responding to emergency calls in Sussex will now be able to film the incident with personal issue cameras. Sussex Police has been rolling out body-worn cameras to every response officer since the beginning of the year and there are now 1019  in operation across the force.  

The cameras, which were first used in 2008, are worn on the front of the officers’ uniform at chest height to film what they see. This footage can then be downloaded and stored on a case file should it be needed as evidence during an investigation and at court.

Superintendent Ed De La Rue, in the Communications Department, said the cameras will be used to protect both the public and officers. “We have been using this technology for almost eight years now and have seen what it can do to support an investigation. It has now become an invaluable tool for our officers.

“Cameras improve safety which means there is a record of what happened in an incident between an officer and members of the public, protecting them both. The cameras are visible on the officers’ uniforms, worn at shoulder height and have a forward facing screen which means members of the public can clearly see what is being recorded.

“The cameras are very visible and have acted as an effective deterrent against violence and aggression both towards other members of the public and also towards police officers.

“They have proven particularly useful in public order situations, for domestic violence and for recording ‘first on the scene’ evidence of property searches and incidents as they progress.

“Once individuals are aware there is a recording capturing their behaviour, they are likely to change the way they act. Also if an individual knows they have been filmed they are more likely to plead at an earlier stage, potentially sparing victims and witnesses the ordeal of giving evidence and reducing time and costs spent in court.”

With most officers wearing them, the public will be told the cameras are filming.

Supt De La Rue added: “Officers will also capture their own behaviour during incident which means we can review and improve how incidents are dealt with and it protects both members of the public and our own officers.”

Footage, which can be viewed below, shows examples where body worn video has been used in the force.

One shows an officer being assaulted by an offender in Brighton in May last year, another shows officer recording running through Brighton trying to trace a man allegedly smashing windows and carrying a knife, and a man in a flat with a knife.

Commenting on the extra investment for the devices, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “The use of body worn video cameras to help protect our communities and bring offenders to justice is now widespread within policing.

“Officers are constantly telling me that they really value having these cameras out with them when they are patrolling the streets of Sussex. The footage gathered acts as an independent witness to support prosecutions, particularly in cases of domestic abuse where victims may be reluctant to proceed. Also, any improper behaviour is recorded accurately and this will improve the time and the cost of an investigation.

“I fully support the further roll out of these innovative devices that are able to capture real time evidence in an easy to use and accessible digital format. This is a great way to further empower officers to be more effective and efficient in our communities, to enable swifter justice and provide greater evidence to draw on.”

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March 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX police have issued photographs of the worst slaughter of sheep in living memory after more than 100 were found dead in a field in West Dean, near Chichester on Monday.

The horrific discovery was made by farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate on Monday. The sheep, many of them pregnant, had been herded into a tight group against a fence and gate bordering woodland where they had panicked and had either died from shock or by being crushed in the flock.

A total of 116 sheep, worth about £17,000, died in the field just north of the A286, near the old railway bridge at the eastern end of the village.

Sergeant Tom Carter from Sussex Police said: “I have never seen or heard of sheep-worrying on this scale before and this was a terrible sight. While there are no signs of any of the animals being savaged, we are all but 100 per cent certain that their deaths were brought about by dogs.

 

“We have seen a rise in sheep-worrying incidents and as Spring approaches more dog owners will be heading for the countryside to exercise their pets. We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.”

“A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don’t take the risk.”

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX police have issued a warning to dog owners following reports of the worst slaughter of sheep in living memory after more than 100 were found dead in a field in West Dean, near Chichester.

The horrific discovery was made by farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate yesterday afternoon (March 7). The sheep, many of them pregnant, had been herded into a tight group against a fence and gate bordering woodland where they had panicked and had either died from shock or by being crushed in the flock.

A total of 116 sheep, worth about £17,000, died in the field just north of the A286, near the old railway bridge at the eastern end of the village.

Sergeant Tom Carter from Sussex Police said: “I have never seen or heard of sheep-worrying on this scale before and this was a terrible sight. While there are no signs of any of the animals being savaged, we are all but 100 per cent certain that their deaths were brought about by dogs.

“The flock was last checked around lunchtime on Sunday, so the incident could have occurred at any time over the next 24 hours. However, if as we suspect, it was a dog attack, it may well have happened in daylight and we want to hear from anyone with information about it.

“This is not just about the Mr Wyeth’s livelihood – and it will cost him at least another £2,000 to dispose of the carcasses – but also his emotional attachment to the animals that he has raised and nurtured.”

James Osman, the National Farmers’ Union adviser for Sussex, said: “This is the worst incident of its kind in living memory and talking to colleagues around the country, the number of deaths is double what we have come across in the past.

“We are in full support of the police’s efforts to discover whose dog or dogs were responsible and urge anyone with information to get in touch with them.”

Sgt Carter continued: “We have seen a rise in sheep-worrying incidents and as Spring approaches more dog owners will be heading for the countryside to exercise their pets. We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.”

“A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don’t take the risk.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 862 of 07/03.

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE results of a crime survey among the county’s senior citizens show that their biggest fear is of nuisance phone calls and being scammed.

The worry of financial loss, with all its implication for a secure old age, even came ahead of concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Other areas which worried the 6,000 plus pensioners consulted in the survey, organised by  Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, were fear of abuse, financial coercion and concerns relating to  safety and local policing.

 

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

POLICE were called to a two-vehicle collision on Copthorne Common Road at 2.42pm yesterday afternoon involving a Honda Jazz and an Audi A4.

The road was closed at the junction of the Duke’s Head roundabout while both drivers were treated at the scene and the road was cleared.

The road was reopened just after 4pm.

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March 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Copthorne Common Road, which was partially closed at the Duke’s Head roundabout following a collision this afternoon, has now been reopened while police await the arrival of a recovery vehicle.

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March 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Police are offering residents advice and support for non urgent issues via a Resolution Centre which can be contacted by phone or online, with no need to wait for an appointment, to discuss and resolve issues which are worrying them.

“We aim to contact the caller within 24 to 48 hours of the initial call and resolve the incident at the earliest opportunity without a need to deploy an officer,” said Inspector Paul William, who heads a team of 40 officers and staff in the Centre.

“Available 8am to 10pm seven days a week, we deal with issues where there is a low threat or risk of harm and where the incident is not an emergency.”

Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said: “Previously we sent officers to many incidents and a very large proportion of these could be resolved without deploying a unit at all.

“Our aim is for the Resolution Centre, which is now fully staffed, to manage 41,000 incidents a year, reducing the number of deployments of frontline staff.

“There will be incidents which cannot be resolved using the resources of the Resolution Centre., but if these occur we will endeavour to send the incident to the most appropriate team to deal with them.

“We are continuously evaluating the service we provide and are pleased with the feedback we are getting – ‘really thorough’ and ‘supportive’ is just what I like to hear.”

Response officer PC Kim May said: “With fewer pre-planned appointments to attend we are more resilient in our ability to respond to emergency calls. This allows us to spend more time with victims as there isn’t the pressure of the build-up of non-emergency calls to deal with.

“The extra time will enable us to deal with people by other means such as community resolution, which in the past hasn’t been possible to consider due to lack of time and resilience.”

To learn more about how the Resolution Centre works see the video below:

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March 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE police have issued more details about an alleged road rage incident which took place in East Grinstead early yesterday evening and asked any witnesses to come forward.

At about 5.30pm on Wednesday (2 March), a white Volkswagen Golf is reported to have exited the Esso garage in Station Road and forced its way in front of a blue Toyota Celica, causing the driver to brake hard.

The Golf driver is then alleged to have stopped and approached the Celica, and slammed on the bonnet, kicked the door and bent the nearside windscreen wiper, before he opened and slammed the victim’s door shut.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged about 30, with black hair and of stocky build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 985 of 02/03.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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March 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Police are investigating reports that businesses, especially those in the hospitality sector, have received on-line threats that if they do not pay in virtual currency to on-line accounts their websites will be attacked.

So far this week five businesses, restaurants, B&Bs and hotels in Hastings, St Leonards, Eastbourne and Brighton have reported receiving emails saying that if they do not pay £500 by bitcoin into an on-line payment address their websites will be hacked and reputational damage will be caused to them.

All have stated their intention not to pay, and the Sussex Cyber Crime Team is investigating

Amounts and type of virtual currency may differ in other reports across the country.

Detective Sergeant Graham Lewendon said; “We advise businesses to preserve the email and contact us so we can investigate.”

The National Crime Agency has also been alerted and are liaising with organisations and law enforcement partners throughout the UK.

Meanwhile businesses are advised to take the following steps to secure their business interests:

Carry out a current back-up of all important data/systems

Secure passwords for all online services and media accounts. Use 2-step verification where possible.

Monitor online review sites linked to their business and report anything wrong back to the provider in question.

Businesses and individuals should report online crime to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Further online safety advice and resources are available at www.cyberstreetwise.comand www.getsafeonline.org.

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March 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Police have appealed for witnesses to a road rage incident which took place by the petrol station on the one way system in Station Approach this evening.

If you saw the incident which involved a white Golf and a blue Celica call the police on 101 quoting ref 985.

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March 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

A team of Sussex Police officers and staff are now 11 days into their pledge to run, jog or walk at least two miles a day for 100 days.

The pledge, which started on Saturday, 20 February, is in support of Run to Remember, a national event run by the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund – a registered charity which was set up in memory of PC Hughes, who was murdered alongside her colleague PC Fiona Bone, on 12 September 2012 in Greater Manchester.

Team Sussex first took part in the event, alongside colleagues from across the UK, in 2013/14 and raised more than £4,000 in donations – a record they hope to beat this year.

Tracy Hall, from the force’s human resources department, who has helped arrange this year’s team, said: “Sussex Police successfully participated in Run to Remember a couple of years ago, and those that took part in the challenge all enjoyed the experience.

 “This year our committed team of runners includes new members and those who were on the team before. Everyone has their reasons for participating; whether it be the personal challenge of running on a regular basis, keeping fit, or the seasoned runner who wants to raise a bit of cash for charity.
“However, we all have the same goal – to raise funds to help children who have lost close family members through tragic circumstances.
“For me it’s not only the personal challenge of running, but as a parent myself, it’s about ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to be the best they can be and by fund-raising for this charity it allows children to learn and develop in order to achieve their potential.”
To find out more about the team and this worthy cause visit: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/teamsussexr2r
Bryn Hughes, Nicola’s father, set up the charity to provide learning opportunities and pre-employment skills in the form of support through grants or services to children (under 21) who have suffered a tragic loss of a close family member through a violent crime such as murder or manslaughter. To find out more about the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial fund and Run to Remember visit http://www.pcnicolahughesmemorialfund.co.uk/

 

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